The hit series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will give fans something to look forward to: a Christmas Special in 2015 followed by a three-episode fourth season.
Sherlock is back! The BBC One series will return for a one-off special, followed by the fourth season of the show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network announced that the shooting for the Christmas Special will begin in January 2015 and later next year they will shoot the fourth season.
The news of a special comes after Freeman said “If that’s going to be a special — I’m speaking off-message here; if this was New Labour I’d get fired — I think that might be for next Christmas. A Christmas special. That’s what I understand.” Freeman also said about his on-screen wife, Amanda Abbington that “While we play fast and loose with the original stories, we generally follow the trajectory of what [Sir Arthur] Conan Doyle did. So he [Watson] gets married, and then Mary dies — so at some point presumably she’ll die.”
Co-creator Steven Moffat who is also a showrunner for Doctor Who, said in a statement “A special, plus a new series of three episodes — it’s a record-breaking run!”. Moffat added “Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you’d expect…”
When asked in March at a panel if the show will continue long into the future, the creator Mark Gatiss said “The idea of growing older with it would be great. But it is hard to get everyone back together, because they have become extremely famous — except for us,” to which the audience laughed.